Traynor: We Are In This Together

Giving changes you — it changes the world around you — for good. We call it the giver's glow. The magic of Giving Hearts Day is that it is a time for us to share the glow and experience the joy of giving together in a 24-hour giving celebration. And every gift, no matter the size, becomes mighty when thousands of us give together. Look no further than last year when 22,000 Giving Hearts raised a staggering $10.7 million for charity. Can you imagine if 50,000 Giving Hearts joined us this year? With your help, we can do it!

This year, our theme is "Count Me" and that's important because it reminds us to recognize how we all count on one another. Support is a two-way street. It's easy to understand that charities and the people they serve count on you and me for support. But when times are good for us, we might lose sight of the fact that we too count on these charities. There is not a person living in our region who doesn't benefit from the important work these charities do in our community all year long.

So, on behalf of Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation, the Alex Stern Family Foundation and the hundreds of charities across our region, I invite you to come and give with your heart. Join the thousands of Giving Hearts who call North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota home by going online to Spend some time reading about the humbling, compelling and heartwarming work these charities are doing and please make a contribution or two.

We are in this together, and together we are the most generous region on the planet.

Traynor is executive director of the Dakota Medical and Impact Foundations.

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